Payton attending owners meetings

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is attending the NFL owners

meetings one week before he begins his one-season suspension for

his involvement in the team’s bounty program.

Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis, who will serve an

eight-game suspension later this year for the system that paid

Saints players for big hits on targeted players, were at

Commissioner Roger Goodell’s state of the league address Monday

morning. Neither Payton nor Loomis made any comments, but a team

spokesman said Payton would speak later this week.

The NFC coaches are scheduled to meet the media Wednesday

morning.

Last Friday, Payton apologized for the bounty system, taking

”full responsibility” for the program that operated for three

years under his watch. His former defensive coordinator, Gregg

Williams, has been suspended indefinitely for overseeing the bounty

pool.